George Floydâ€™s 6-year-old daughter, Gianna, has a message for everyone: â€œDaddy changed the world!â€
The video, shared on Instagram Tuesday by NBA veteran Stephen Jackson, a longtime friend of the late Floyd, shows Gianna sitting on Jacksonâ€™s shoulders.
â€œThatâ€™s right GiGi, â€˜Daddy changed the world,â€™â€ Jackson wrote in the caption. â€œGeorge Floyd, the name of change.â€
â€œLove to all who have love for all,â€ he continued, adding multiple raised-fist emojis in different skin tones.
Giannaâ€™s father was killed by police last month when Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes during an arrest over an allegedly counterfeit $20 bill. Chauvin has since been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter while the three other officers present during the incident have yet to be charged.
Floydâ€™s death has sparked nationwide daily protests against police brutality and racism that have drawn a violent responseÂ from law enforcement, which has attacked peaceful demonstrators with tear gas, rubber bullets and even vehicles, citing looters and rioters as justification. TheÂ Trump administrationÂ also deployed military police this week in a show of excessive force.
The video of Gianna on Jacksonâ€™s shoulders was reposted on Twitter on Tuesday and immediately went viral.
Jackson, who called Floyd his â€œtwinâ€ in another Instagram post,Â spoke at Minneapolis City Hall in a press conference on Tuesday. Alongside him were Gianna and Giannaâ€™s mother,Â Roxie Washington, who said she wanted everyone to know â€œwhat those officers took.â€
â€œAt the end of the day, they get to go home and be with their families. Gianna does not have a father,â€ said Washington. â€œHe will never see her grow up, graduate, he will never walk her down the aisle. If thereâ€™s a problem sheâ€™s having and she needs her dad, she does not have that anymore.â€
In response to Washingtonâ€™s emotional statement, Jackson said: â€œThereâ€™s a lot of stuff you said that heâ€™s gonna miss â€” that Iâ€™m gonna be there for.â€
â€œIâ€™m gonna walk her down the aisle. Iâ€™m gonna be there for her. Iâ€™m gonna be here to wipe your tears. Iâ€™m gonna be here for you and Gigi. Floyd might not be here, but Iâ€™m here for her, Iâ€™m here to get justice, and weâ€™re gonna get justice for my brother,â€ he said.
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